EA backflips on Battlefield bonus

When EA launched Battlefield 3 on PS3 last month, perhaps they thought gamers would forget about the promise made back at E3, which was that every pre-ordered copy would come with Battlefield 1943 thrown in as a tasty bonus.

…unfortunately for them, gamers didn’t forget, to the extent that class action lawsuits were being pursued against the publisher. It seems that when you promise something – which prompted many gamers to jump from Xbox 360 to PS3 for their preorders – you really should deliver.

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At launch, the company did make an attempt to compromise, reassuring PS3 gamers that they would receive all DLC packs a week before the other two platforms. This is nice, but no free game, and not even that nice when you consider the fact that the announcement regarding DLC had actually been made a month earlier.

Lawyers in the class action suit officially asked for “compensatory relief” (which is pretty standard), but it looks like EA‘s cut to the chase – no relief, just the game. No questions asked.

Whether or not it had anything to do with the pending legal action is a matter of some discussion, but the end result is what everybody was after, so it’s all good, right?

From an EA statement:

There have been some misunderstandings around Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield 3. To address this we are making Battlefield 1943 available free of charge to owners of Battlefield 3 on the PS3 beginning this month.

Of course, it’s not as simple as all that. If you’ve got BF3 on PS3, you’ll want to point your browser toward 1943redemption.battlefield.com to pick up a BF1943 voucher, at different times depending on your geographic region. PSN Europe gets its freebie on November 26, PSN America on December 10th and PSN Asia and Japan get theirs December 17th.

The vouchers will be available for one day only, and do not work cross-region, so mark that one in your calendar!

…and yes, it sounds like a mess. That’s because it kind of is a mess – but if it results in gamers being made happy, then it’s a good mess, right? Whether or not it’s enough to ward off that pesky court case remains to be seen.

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